Penalties, injuries hurting Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks are dealing with injuries on their
defensive front and penalties as they enter the final week of
Five players expected to contribute significantly along the
Seahawks’ defensive line may not be able to play for the start of
the regular season.
The team was forced to place fifth-round pick Jesse Williams on
injured reserve Monday because of a troublesome knee. Defensive
tackle Jordan Hill is sidelined with a strained biceps and nose
tackle Brandon Mebane injured his groin in practice on Monday.
Chris Clemons remains on the physically unable to perform list
and his timetable to return from an ACL tear last January remains
uncertain and Cliff Avril aggravated a hamstring strain last week
and has yet to play this preseason.
With Clemons still out and Bruce Irvin suspended for the first
four games of the regular season, Avril was expected to at least
bridge the gap at defensive end until Clemons and Irvin
Now Avril’s status is also in question.
”We don’t know if he is going to be ready for the opener. We
just don’t know,” coach Pete Carroll said.
The injuries have left Seattle short-handed as the regular
season is approaching and could also alter the makeup of the roster
during final cuts.
In addition, the Seahawks are getting penalized at a staggering
rate this preseason. Seattle has been flagged 34 times for 354
yards in three games and had 14 penalties for 184 yards in Friday’s
game against the Green Bay Packers.
”It’s still a problem,” Carroll said. ”We’re trying too hard
and we’re getting in too late trying to throw guys into the ground
when we finish blocks. We’re over trying.
”I love the attitude about it in a sense, but we have to get
smarter and we can’t do anything but continue to emphasize the heck
out of it. After a while if guys keep making mistakes then you have
to put other guys in the game.”
”I’m not real pleased with the results of that. I know a good
deal of it is my fault because of the way of that I am calling on
them on how hard to play. I want them to emphasize finishing and
being physical, and attitude and all of that. And I need to make
some good decisions myself in directing this,” he added.
Penalties were a problem for Seattle early last season as well.
The Seahawks had at least 13 penalties in two of their first three
games last year.
The difference was those games were worked by replacement
officials before the league and referees union agreed on a new
Carroll believed some of their penalties last year were due to
being unfamiliar with the referees working games and how the games
were called. However, that can’t be used as an explanation this
Carroll said they don’t want to give their opponents anything
and it’s a problem they have to fix.
”We just have to get out of our own way. We’re playing hard,
we’re running the football, getting after it, throwing, catching,
and all of the things that we need to do. But there’s one area
where we have to comply, and we’re a little out of compliance right
now,” Carroll said.
Notes: WR Sidney Rice (knee), FB Michael Robinson (illness) and
DT Jordan Hill (biceps) sat out practice on Monday. … G James
Carpenter returned to practice for the first time in a couple of
weeks since injuring his foot. … Carroll said DE Chris Clemons is
progressing and isn’t favoring his injured knee during workouts. He
said they are still unsure how far away he is from being able to
play, but that he’s making ”great progress.” … S Jeron Johnson
missed practice Monday to attend to a family issue. He was expected
back with the team Monday night.
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